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First - NOT full septic tank - if that was the case you would be getting backup of sewage into the lowest drains in the house, and possible very slow flushing or refusal to drain out of the bowl - the opposite of your case.

Second - I assume you are the owner. If a renter or on a lease, this type of problem may be the responsibility of your landlord, depending on the terms of your lease or rental agreement.

OK - two possible situations here - low water in BOWL, or low water in TANK. I am assuming your toilet flushes OK, with adequate water to clean out the bowl, and that it is a typical type toilet with a tank sitting on the back of the bowl. If this is not the case and it is a designer toilet or looks like those at public restrooms (no tank), then the BOWL answers still apply if it is initially refilling OK, but if not enough refill water coming in at all then call a plumber.

First, low water in the toilet BOWL case. If the water in the toilet BOWL is low after flushing, I see four likely causes, in order of most likelihood -

1) the fill valve is not putting enough water into the toilet bowl. If you take the top off the tank, you will see a small hose (typically black plastic) coming from the fill valve (a vertical mechanism, usually at left side of tank, that the incoming water tube or flex hose connects to the bottom of on the bottom side of the tank). While the tank is refilling after a flush, a steady but not large flow of water flows through this fill tube and down into a vertical pipe or tube (usually brass or plastic and about 3/4 inch diameter, which stands almost full height of tank). The small tube puts water into this pipe, from where it flows into and refills the toilet bowl. This is also the overflow tube, which keeps the tank from overflowing if the fill valve fails to shut off. If the fill valve has a problem or the fill tube has a blockage, it may not be letting enough water into the bowl. Also, check the tube is actually pointed down into the overflow tube - if the clip came loose, rusted away or broke, then it may just be filling the toilet tank rather than the bowl. Check that a steady flow (will not be a real foreceful jet) of water is flowing out of this tube into the overflow pipe while the toilet tank is refilling. You should also see the bowl filling up at this time. If it come in but does not fill high enough because it does not run long enough, some fill valves have an adjustment - check fill valve manufacturer website for instructions. Others just have to be replaced - doable if you are handy at home repairs (see web videos on how to do it), or call a plumber for probably about $150-200 to replace fill valve (have him replace the flapper valve at same time if you get this done).

2) there is something like a rag or string caught in the trap (the waste passage within the toilet body itself) which is slowly wicking the bowl water down the drain - would be solved by a good snaking. If this is the case, the bowl will fill fully after flushing, but then slowly (typically many minutes to hours) drain down to just filling the start of the oval or round drain passageway where the waste passage starts to curve up into the toilet body.

3) blocked sewer vent pipe (which vents sewer gas and lets air into the sewer system so when you flush the traps in drains and toilets and such do not get sucked dry by the vacumn caused by the exiting flow. If this is the problem, then several drains in your house may have the same problem, or drain slowly. When you flush, the water will drain totally down the pipe and almost all the water in the bowl and trap will go down the drain too, typically with a gurgling sound for a few seconds at the end as the air seal is broken in the trap, then a small amount of water will flow back from the trap into the bowl, leaving you with water in the entrance curve to the trap but nowhere near normal height in the bowl - maybe not even enough to fill the entrance of the drain passage.

4) a crack in the toilet, letting water gradually leak out of the bowl onto the floor or into the subfloor. If this has been going on for long at all you should see water on the floor, or water coming out in the ceiling downstairs, or in the basement or crawl space under the toilet.

Case 2 - the problem is low water in the toilet TANK - since this is a sudden problem, two likely causes:

1)  the float arm has corroded or the float setting has moved. Look in tank for any broken part. You may have a black ball on the end of a metal or plastic arm connected to the fill valve (which is the part, normally at the left side of the tank, that the flexible or copper tubing comes into at the bottom of the tank), or it may be a sliding cylindrical float that slides up and down on the fill valve (typically all plastic) - see if it is broken or loose or alll corroded up (for the arm type). When you flush, this float hangs down (if lever type) or slides down the fill valve (cylinder type), opening the fill valve so fresh water comes in to fill the tank and bowl. As the tank fills it lifts this float, till at the proper elevation the bouyancy of the float shuts off the fill valve. If the setting on this float has changed then it will either cause the toilet to "run" continually because it is trying to overfill the tank (float shuts off at too high a level, so water is continuously flowing down into the overflow tube and into the bowl); or it will shut off too soon, causing only a partial tank fill. There are adjustments to adjust the float shutoff setting - typically an adjustment xxxx on the arm-type, and a slider stop clip on a small rod for the sliding type. See web videos on how to adjust this, or call a plumber.

2) your flapper valve (in bottom of tank, the part a chain or cord or rod connects to the flush handle, which opens it when you flush the toilet, leaks. If it leaks AND the fill valve is working, the tank level drops till the fill valve opens, then the tank refills. This repeats at intervals, with the tank refilling periodically even though it has not been flushed. May need new flapper valve or just a good wiping of the sealing surface to remove grit that is causin it to leak. If this is the problem you will have a slight flow of water into the bowl continually, and will probably see a slight ripple in the toilet bowl.

3) water is leaking out of the fittings or bolt holes on the bottom of the tank. If this is happening enough to make you notice low takn water level, the tank will refill periodically the same as if the flapper valve is leaking, plus you will have water on the floor and dripping off the bottom of the tank.

 

Fill valve and flapper valves each cost around $15 if you do it yourself (you can buy just replacement flapper for less if that is the problem and the matching seal is good, but that is rarely the case). A plumber call to replace both probably $150-200, ASSUMING your water shutoff valve (at the wall, under the tank, with a flex or copper tube coming fromit up to the toilet tank) will work.. If it will not shut off the flow of water, then add another $50-150 to replace that, depending on how it is plumbed and whether he has to cut into the wall to replace it (rarely required). If you do go and have a plumber do it, have both the fill valve and flapper valve (and flush handle, if aluminum or brass and corroded) replaced at the same time, as all tend to go out with age - every 10 years or so. You don't want to have to call the plumber to replace another part in just a year or two.

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From the sounds of it, you have a clog between the floor drain and the connection to the city sewer (unless you have a septic tank).  The lower flow rates of sinks / showers / dishwashers probable don't cause a backup like the washing machine does.  A couple of suggestions.

1.  Snake the drain line with a spade tip snake, twisting the snake as you advance it.  This should clear the partial blockage.

 2.  If feasable, have your washing machine discharge into a utility sink and put a strainer on the drain to catch the clothing fibre (fibres and grease from the sink probably made the clog in the first place not to mention a garbage disposal).

3.  Replace your floor drain with one that has a backflow preventer (looks like there is a ping pong ball in it).

 Good Luck

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It is not uncommon for a plumber to have to go get the parts necessary to repair and complete the job.  It is very hard to determine what the problem is over the phone and it is not until the repair process begins that the parts needed to resolve the problem is discovered.  It may also depend on if the plumber is using hourly rates or per job rates.  I would hope the time to get the parts would be minimal and the charge would be as well!
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You have not said how old your house is, what normal water line life in your area is, whether it is leaking under the foundation or under the yard, etc. Cost depends a great deal on length of run, depth to dig to get below frost line, whether excavation will be through trees or other obstructions or open area, whether ground along route is too steep for a backhoe to work on, etc.

The first thing you really need to figure out is whether this is a spot repair issue, or a total line replacement issue. Your plumber should be able to help with that determination.  Very general rule of thumb - very old line from before 80's, if galvanized pipe, could be at its practical life and be ready for total replacement. Copper line generally last about 50-70 years UNLESS in a corrosive soil environment or if it has groundwater flowing actively past it, then can be 20-30 years. Plastic lines from the 60's to 80's vary a lot - from as little as 10 years to 50 plus dependingon brand. Plastic lines (PVC, HDPE, PE) from the 80's and later are expected to last 50-100 years - most have not failed yet, so no good handle on how long they will last.

An above-ground or under the slab line a plumber will do. Buried line outside he generally subcontracts to an excavator to dig and backfill the line, or asks you to get the excavation done.

 

If section needing replacement is under your floor slab or foundation, then a full replacement can be many thousands of $ depending on how many linear feet, and if interior flooring will have to be replaced or if you are on a bare concrete slab or bringing the new line in above-ground once you get through the foundation. A simple one-spot buried pipe repair (based on acoustic locating and precisely measuring the location of the problem) can be as little as $400 but probably more often $1000 or so - more if poor access like under a slab underneath stairs.

If the runs to be replaced are exposed in a crawl space or basement than it can run as little as $20/LF (probably $400 minimum job cost) to replace.

 

Outside line to the street can run from as little as $10/LF in areas where the pipe is shallow (no annual frost penetration) and in easy digging soil, to $250/LF or more if deeply buried, have to excavate through trees and heavy roots or boulders, steep topography, other utility interferences etc. Generally not more than $50/LF. Commonly, instead of digging up the old line, they select a new semi-parallel route from a good connection point for you existing interior water lines at the foundation (maybe not where it currently comes in, depoending on access) to the street main shutoff valve (called a "key box", taking a route between them that is easiest to get a backhoe into and minimizes destruction of valuable plantings or trees. A number of $50/LF is commonly tossed around as "normal" for this type of job, if exceeding 100 feet or so and digging and access conditions are normal.

If your connection is in the middle of the street rather than along your side in the yard, that can easily add $2-5,000 to the job, as the water utility usually has to do that part, and repair the street afterwards. In a major throughway street, even more because of traffic control, multi-agency permits, etc.

 

As always, find 2-3 responsible, well-recommended (Anglie's List ?) contractors, and then get bids. The route I would go is first go with your regular plumber to locate the leak (probably acoustically, by listening for the leak) and determine the scope of work needed, then if major, go for multiple bids.

 

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They came exactly when they said they would and they completed a lot of work in a less then an hour and half. They evened out one sink due to uneven tile. I believe it is quality work. They took out all the old sinks and faucets with them and left me with great looking new sinks and faucets in my bathrooms that I purchased online. I would definitely ...More call them again for more work. They even reminded me about the Angie's list coupon for new customers so I could save 10%. After the initial call, they came within 24 hours.I am very happy with this company and their work.
- Lorence H.
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Technician Juston, from , responded to a call to check out the hot water heater on my mother's house. She is 89 years old and lives alone. His solution was to replace the existing unit with a new one that was billed at $1475 for product and labor. Apparently he convinced my mother that she needed this new unit. With ...More that, he replaced a 3 year old Whirlpool that was still under factory warranty with his "recommended" product. He failed to do any diagnostic work nor present her with an estimate to repair. The unit he used is available for about $600.00 retail. I must assume that their wholesale costs are somewhat less. Deducting the retail cost, he charged about $800.00 for essentially 2 hours of work. advertises a 10% senior discount that was not applied. I've sent 2 letters to owner Art asking for copies of the missing documents (diagnostic and estimate). He has not responded to either. This is not the first problem I've had with this company on its business practices and ethics, but it will be the last. I've not begun the process of dealing with this firm for the $3,000.00 they charged to install a new sewer line in her front yard, one that was not needed, but once again, convinced her that it was the problem. It is painfully obvious that this company makes a practice of preying financially on the elderly.
- John C.
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Called several shops and Costless had the most reasonable price for the task. Once I called for service I had about a 2 plus hour wait for a tech. But they called right at the start of the window of 2-4 pm and he was in front of my house five minutes later. Very courteous and knowledgeable. He allowed me to give him the history of the plumbing problems ...More from the past several years and felt confident he could root out the problem.
30 mins later the clog and sewer were cleaned out and I was able to move on with my day. Very happy, also glad to know I have a 30 day guarantee on the work.
Thanks, you saved me time and money, not to mention stress of doing it my self.
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- Bradley O.
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It couldn't have been better. knows toilets and sinks. I feel lucky to have found him. Two other plumbers and a handyman have been at a loss to explain the flushing problem but 's explanation makes sense and he made a repair. Because the problem is sporadic, I'll ...More have to wait for to say for sure that it is fixed. If the problem continues, has Plan B.
- Camille R.
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He returned our call to set the appointment almost immediately. Arrived at scheduled appointment on time was very thorough. Looking to hire him for another job
- Pamela M.
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I have been using this company for plumbing services these past few years. I mostly deal with . Not only he knows what he is doing, best of all, he is always courteous and patient with my questions. I will certainly recommend this company to people I know..
- CHENG-YI W.
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I called them at 11:30 a.m. to report a clogged drain. Was told they would be out late afternoon to fix. They called me back at 12 Noon and said the repairman was on the way. was courteous, professional and knowledgeable. Job was done before 1:00 p.m. and gave me a senior discount on the bill.
- Barry J.
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Loved the service!!! Have already started the process for an estimate for another job. Their phone number is already in my cell for future projects. Loved !!!
- Vickie K.

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A C Solutions & Home Repair

6856 West Olive Ave
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A FRIENDLY HANDYMAN

3325 N HANOVER AVE
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AARON'S ROOTER & PLUMBING SERVICE, LLC

1774 CHERRYFIELD AVE
Clovis

ABC Cooling & Heating

2705 N Larkin Ave
Fresno

ACE Construction

2573 E. Vermont Ave.
Fresno

ACTION 1 PLUMBING

4585 E MICHIGAN AVE
Fresno

Advance Plumbing

770 West Sierra
Clovis

Advanced Contracting Services Inc

4705 New Horizon Blvd #3
Bakersfield

ALL AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION CO

5804 E BROWN AVE.
Fresno

All Pro Plumbing

2012 E Fallbrook Ave
Fresno

Allbritten Air Conditioning

1568 N Woodrow Ave
Fresno

ALPHA & OMEGA

2653 N SUNNYSIDE AVE
Fresno

AMPM SEWER SVC

1383 N ABBY ST
Fresno

ANDREY'S HANDYMAN

4642 W GRIFFITH WAY
Fresno

ARC - Aleman Roofing and Construction

3942 e Clinton ave.
Fresno

ART DOUGLAS PLUMBING

5855 E CLINTON
Fresno

Artman Plumbing

827 Hoag Ave
Sanger

Ayala Construction

PO BOX 5766
Fresno

BENITEZ PLUMBING

3704 E ALTA AVE
Fresno

BI Construction

3164 N Marks Ave #133
Fresno

Bier Construction

18824 Sugar Pine Dr.
Twain Harte

BOB BRENDON

424 GREENWOOD
Sanger

Brase Contracting

4586 E. Robinson
Fresno

Bray's Hoe Services

3004 McCall Ave
Selma

C K Purcell Plumbing

1486 Tollhouse Rd.
Clovis

Cadell Faucet LLC

2349 Monterey St
Fresno

Caglia Plumbing and Electric

474 E Alluvial Ave
Fresno

Cardan Construction & Renovation Inc

806 S Fulgham St
Visalia

Carroll Jr & Son Handy Man

PO BOX 2300
Berkeley

Carter Construction Inc.

5359 E. Solar
Clovis

Cary's Quality Repair Service

3232 E Brown Ave
Fresno

CENTRAL DISTRIBUTING

4250 W SHAW AVE
Fresno

Central Valley Construction

5629 N Figarden Dr
Fresno

City Plumbing

4301 N. Selland Ave
Fresno

COMFORT CRAFT REMODELING

7472 N Ivanhoe Ave
Fresno

Costless Plumbing

PO Box 15008
Fresno

CUSTOM PLUMBING

9731 S CHESTNUT AVE
Fresno

D & K CONSTRUCTION

6345 N DE WOLF AVE
Clovis

D & S Plumbing, Heating & Air

4316 W Dudley Ave
Fresno

Daryl Oblander

93660 N Blackstone
Fresno

Delerio Construction

150 W Browning Ave
Fresno

Doug Parks & Son Plumbing

6337 N Milburn Ave.
Fresno

Eller Plumbing

1825 N Pistachio Ave
Clovis

Ferguson Counter

1831 E Ashlan Ave
Fresno

FIRST CLASS HOME REPAIR

7025 N CHESTNUT AVE
Fresno

Freedom Plumbing

1053 Coventry Ave
Clovis

Fresno Plumbing & Heating Inc

2585 N Larkin
Fresno

FRESNO PLUMBING & HEATING INC

4572 E BELMONT AVE
Fresno

G & S Construction

P.O Box 22285
Bakersfield

HANDY MAN

5800 W ATHENS AVE
Fresno

HANDYMAN SERVICE

4684 E FOUNTAIN WAY
Fresno

Home Depot

3272 W Shaw Ave
Fresno

Home Improvements

1717 N Gateway Blvd
Fresno

Home Repair Contractors

5184 N Blythe Ave Ste 103
Fresno

Houston & Harris PCS, Inc.

21831 Barton Rd.
Grand Terrace

INSTALLS PLUS

3443 E Gettysburg
Fresno

J and L Plumbing

37072 Kensington Dr.
Madera

J.D.S. CONSTRUCTION

2036 Nevada city hiwy
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J.J.'ll Do It

218 N Magnolia Ave
Clovis

James Cooper Plumbing

2369 S Sabre ave
Fresno

Jeff's Plumbing

1267 E Vartikian Ave
Fresno

JM PLUMBING

4827 E. CAMBRIDGE AVE.
Fresno

John Myatt

8498 E Herndon Ave
Clovis

JRM Construction

6651 N. Bendel
Fresno

Kaiser Construction

4622 W Birch Ave
Fresno

KB Construction

1809 N. Concord Ave.
Reedley

Keystone Residential Design

401 W Fallbrook Ave Suit 114
Fresno

KIM'S PLUMBING

6112 N CHANNING CIR
Fresno

L R Enterprises

P.O. BOX 3794
Fresno

LB Remodel & Home Repair

36753 Marciel Ave.

Lee's Air Conditioning & Heating

5456 W. Mission
Fresno

Lee's Plumbing

5458 W. Mission Ave.
Fresno

Lion River Development inc.

10590 E Duckpoint Way
Clovis

LOWE'S

7651 N BLACKSTONE AVE
Fresno

MAINTENANCE CONNECTION

PO BOX 6341
Fresno

Master Rooter and Plumbing

5954 E Pontiac Way
Fresno

Mattco Construction

602 E Abbott Ct
Reedley

McAvoy Enterprises

35166 Bonadelle Ave
Madera

michael david construction

534 w hedges
Fresno

Michael Granat Construction

PO Box 4046
Clovis

Michael Jewell Electric

6538 North Ferger
Fresno

MID VALLEY BUILDERS

1865 Herndon #K56
Clovis

Nankervis Construction Co.

2220 Stuart Ave.
Clovis

NuFlush

5195 Marshall St

Old Republic Home Protection

PO Box 5017
San Ramon

OLSEN CONSTRUCTION & RESTORATION CO

408 S TEILMAN AVE
Fresno

On Call Plumbers in Fresno

1041 E. Dinuba Ave
Fresno

Pacific Plumbing Co

2393 Ashlan Ave
Clovis

PAUL'S CERTIFIED APPL REPAIR

6017 N Winchester Avenue
Fresno

PERFORMANCE PLUMBING

PO BOX 28182
Fresno

PHIL HERNANDEZ SEWER RODDING

4509 E NEVADA AVE
Fresno

Plumbers 911

1301 N. Rabe Ave. #101
Fresno

Plumbers Fresno

1713 Tulare St
Fresno

PLUMBLINE PLUMBING

1717 S COUNTRY CLUB LN
Fresno

praytor and son plumbing

po box 1251
Madera

PRECISION PLASTICS

998 N Temperance Ave
Clovis

Premier Plumbing Inc

2457 N Bundy Dr Ste 101
Fresno

Prime Plumbing

24455 Road 211
Janesville

Pro Rooter & Septic

2367 S Anna St
Fresno

Professional Plumber

6075 N Tracy Ave
Fresno

PUMA CONSTRUCTION & RESTORATION

4387 W SANTA ANA AVE
Fresno

Quality Plumbing

4470 N Effie St
Fresno

Quik Rooter & Plumbing Co

3017 East Platt Avenue
Fresno

RA Property Maintenance

12664 E Alamos
Sanger

Rapid Rooter Drain Master & Plumbing Experts

375 W Bedford Ave #103
Fresno,

RB Solutions inc

6486 n san pedro
Fresno

Richard's Plumbing Incorporated

4447 N Brawley
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ROBERTS PLUMBING CO

7843 AVENUE 430
Dinuba

Rodartes Service Handyman

2308 W Mckinley ave #B
Fresno

RODRIGUEZ PLUMBING

104 E CIERRA ST
Fresno

S.T.S Handyman Service

116 Maple St
Madera

Sam’s Italian Deli & Market

2415 N 1st St
Fresno

Seamless Shower Walls

2524 N Fordham Ave Ste 101
Fresno

Serko Plumbing

5642 W. Beechwood
Fresno

Sol Power Construction

PO Box 1480
Selma

Specialized Remodeling, Inc.

637 W Casanova Ln.
Clovis

Trademark Inc

4674 E Weathermaker Ave
Fresno

Valley Ac & Repair

825 S. Topeka
Fresno

Valley Home Repair And Maintenance

1483 E Los Altos Ave
Fresno

Vern Davis Plumbing Inc

438 E Shaw PMB 217
Fresno

Visalia Plumbing

PO Box 6008
Visalia

WILD ELECTRIC, INC.

4626 E OLIVE AVE
Fresno

Your Home Remodeling and Design

3188 N Marks Ave
Fresno

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